Hey, Rafael!

Hey, Rafael!

Crazy ideas on cloud infrastructure, provisioning, scaling platforms and beyond. Often wrong.


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Jeff Bezos' regret minimization framework

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Excellent read on how to make big decisions. Simple, yet surprisingly effective. I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried.…

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Sending messages to an IRC server from a shell script (Bash)

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This is a helpful little script I found on the net and modified to work around an issue with fast CPUs and slow IRC servers. If you find yourself needing to send messages from a shell script to an IRC server but keep coming against the 451 PRIVMSG: You have no…

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Rebuilding the NAS, (The) Part (That Was) II

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If you’ve been following my series of blog posts on my NAS rebuild, you probably came to this post expecting the final part of the series, where you’d find instructions on how to setup the applications and services that I rely on for my media management, such…

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Rebuilding the NAS, Interlude

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Before we dig into part II of the NAS rebuild, I'd like to entertain you with a tale of how I accidentally destroyed my newly-rebuilt NAS, and how I proceeded to recover it completely. First, some background After the FreeBSD rebuild, I decided to expand the N…

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Rebuilding the NAS, Part I

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If you follow this blog (it's ok if you don't), you may be aware that a couple of years back I decided to build my own NAS. I won't go into the details of what drove me to build it myself (you can read more about it here), but I will tell you what motivated me…

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An update to that RADIUS post

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After a lot of research and endless nights watching logs, trying to figure out why some users were successfully disconnected while others weren't, I have finally managed to understand the concept that FreeRADIUS does not handle counters bigger than 4GB well. S…